Is what is exciting meaningful?
We Americans are addicted to intensity. Why did I say Americans — humans! — we humans are addicted to intensity. Listen to the early myths or current songs or dramatic plotlines of any country you visit . . . passion is on display.
What is the news but the harsh intensities of the day?
Urgency is intensity but it’s not necessarily meaningful.
Coming of age is coming into the intensities that excite you.
Coming into maturity is coming into meaning, valuing meaning over intensity.
I was late to maturity. So I still find it useful to ask from time to time, is this meaningful?